Urstadt Biddle Properties (NYSE:UBA) vs. Brookfield Canada Office Properties (BOXC) Critical Survey

Brookfield Canada Office Properties (NYSE: BOXC) and Urstadt Biddle Properties (NYSE:UBA) are both small-cap financials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Brookfield Canada Office Properties and Urstadt Biddle Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brookfield Canada Office Properties 0 1 0 0 2.00
Urstadt Biddle Properties 0 3 0 0 2.00

Urstadt Biddle Properties has a consensus target price of $21.50, indicating a potential upside of 6.81%.

Volatility and Risk

Brookfield Canada Office Properties has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Urstadt Biddle Properties has a beta of 0.54, indicating that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Brookfield Canada Office Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.97 per share. Urstadt Biddle Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. Brookfield Canada Office Properties pays out 83.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Urstadt Biddle Properties pays out 120.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Brookfield Canada Office Properties has increased its dividend for 18 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Brookfield Canada Office Properties and Urstadt Biddle Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brookfield Canada Office Properties 7.64% 1.26% 0.65%
Urstadt Biddle Properties 42.95% 13.19% 5.38%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

20.1% of Brookfield Canada Office Properties shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.1% of Urstadt Biddle Properties shares are held by institutional investors. 20.1% of Urstadt Biddle Properties shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Brookfield Canada Office Properties and Urstadt Biddle Properties’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brookfield Canada Office Properties N/A N/A N/A $1.16 N/A
Urstadt Biddle Properties $123.56 million 6.42 $52.93 million $0.90 22.37

Urstadt Biddle Properties has higher revenue and earnings than Brookfield Canada Office Properties. Brookfield Canada Office Properties is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Urstadt Biddle Properties, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Urstadt Biddle Properties beats Brookfield Canada Office Properties on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Brookfield Canada Office Properties Company Profile

Brookfield Canada Office Properties is a Canada-based real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company invests, develops and operates commercial office properties in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver. The Company’s commercial-property portfolio consists of interests in approximately 25 properties totaling approximately 21.1 million square feet, including approximately 4.0 million square feet of parking and other. The Company’s development portfolio consists of the Brookfield Place Calgary East development site totaling approximately 1.4 million square feet in Calgary. The Company also invests in ongoing maintenance and capital improvement projects. The Company focuses on the markets, which include financial, government and energy sectors, which are primarily located in the cities of Toronto and Calgary. Its properties include 2 Queen Street East, Queen’s Quay Terminal, Exchange Tower, Bankers Hall Retail, Suncor Energy Centre, Jean Edmonds Tower and Royal Centre.

Urstadt Biddle Properties Company Profile

Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. is a real estate investment trust, which is engaged in the acquisition, ownership and management of commercial real estate. The Company owns Ridgeway Shopping Center (Ridgeway) property, which is located in Stamford, Connecticut. Its segments include Ridgeway and All Other Operating Segments. Its primary business is the ownership of real estate investments with primary emphasis on properties in the metropolitan New York tri-state area outside of the City of New York. As of October 31, 2016, the Company’s properties consisted principally of neighborhood and community shopping centers and seven office buildings. As of March 30, 2017, the Company owned or had equity interests in 80 properties, including neighborhood and community shopping centers, office buildings, single tenant retail or restaurant properties and office/retail mixed-use properties located in four states throughout the United States.

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